COLUMBIA, SC (WFXG) - A 34-year-old Mexican man who was arrested in Aiken County last year was sentenced to 18 months in federal custody for illegal re-entry, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Columbia, S.C.
Abizah Garduno-Rivera, also known as Afrain Guzman, is also facing three years of supervised released following his 18 months in prison. He is also required to surrender for deportation by Homeland Security when he completes his sentence.
Garduno-Rivera was arrested on Sept. 5, 2013 by the Aiken County Sheriff's Office on charges of trafficking meth, possession of hydrocodone and three counts of possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to the attorney's office.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was contact when it was discovered Garduno-Rivera was in the U.S. illegally, according to the attorney's office.
That was not the first time Garduno-Rivera had been caught in the country illegally, according to the attorney's office. He was first deported in October 1998. In September 2002, he was located in Georgia, where he was serving a 12-year sentence for trafficking in cocaine. Following completion of his sentence, he was deported in May 2006.
The maximum penalty for illegal re-entry is imprisonment for 20 years and/or a fine of $250,000, according to the attorney's office.
The case was investigated by the Aiken County Sheriff's Office and ICE. Assistant United States Attorney William E. Day, II of the Columbia is prosecuting the case.